Joseph Andrew Guaricci, 86, of New Milford, died Nov. 23, 2009, in the VA Hospital at Castle Point, N.Y.

Mr. Guaricci was born Dec. 15, 1922, in St. Louis, Mo., son of the late Andrew and Sarah Guaricci.

Prior to moving to New Milford in 1955, Mr. Guaricci and his family lived in Glen Cove, N.Y.

He took part in World War II as an infantryman, private first class, of the 9th Division, all the way from Normandy, France, to the Huertgen Forest in Germany, where he was wounded.

While recuperating in a military hospital in Bournemouth, England, he met his future wife, Elisabeth, whom he married in Queens, Long Island, N.Y. on May 18, 1947.

Mr. Guaricci worked for 41 years as the foreman of the paint department at Display Studios in Astoria, N.Y., until his retirement in 1985.

His work included exhibitions at the New York World's Fair, as well as in museum exhibitions.

He and his family frequently traveled to Europe, where both his children have lived for more than 40 years. The last time he stayed in London for Christmas and New Year's in 2008.

Mr. Guaricci's wife, Elisabeth, died in New Milford Hospital on Jan. 16, 1995.

He is survived by a son, Joseph Guaricci, who lives in London and works as head of music at St. Philomena's Catholic School for Girls; and a daughter, June Schlosser, who lives in Dresden, Germany, and works as a language teacher.

For many years previously, June was a ballet dancer at the Vienna State Opera House in Austria, as well as at other theaters in Austria and Germany.

Mr. Guaricci was predeceased by two brothers, Rocco and Danny, and two sisters, Margaret and Marie. Marie died in March, 2009, in New York.

Prior to entering the nursing home at the VA Hospital at Castle Point, he was looked after by Dr. Anne Chiang at the Regional Cancer Center in New Milford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford. Burial will follow at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, N.Y.

Friends may call Monday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lillis Funeral Home at 58 Bridge St. in New Milford.